The husband of a pregnant woman killed in a horror crash along with their twin unborn sons has woken from a coma to the shattering news his family is dead.
Bronko Hoang cried in agony after learning his wife Katherine, 23, and her unborn babies were killed in a horrific smash in Sydney’s west on the evening of September 28.
Mr Hoang was told on Friday by a doctor and social worker and became so hysterical he had to be sedated for his own safety, Daily Telegraph reported.
‘He screamed so loudly, “Why Katherine? Please not the babies”,’ his aunt, Pham Crawford, told the publication.
‘He can’t stop crying and feels guilty he’s the only one who survived. He’s in complete shock and in so much pain.
‘We’re all devastated, it would have been the first grandchildren for both families.’
Mr Hoang survived the collision with broken ribs, a smashed leg and a fractured cheekbone.
Ms Crawford said his nephew was ‘in a bad state’ and continued to tell her ‘everything hurts so much’ when she called to check on him.
Father-of-four Richard Moananu, 29, faced 10 charges in a hospital bed court hearing last Sunday in relation to the incident.
He will face two counts of manslaughter, driving unlicensed and aggravated dangerous driving resulting in death.
Moananu’s lawyer, Sarah Ha’angana, said they were working toward a release application that will be put forward on October 19.
He remains under police guard in the meantime.
A 17-year-old relative of Mrs Hoang was also killed in the crash.
Parramatta Bail Court heard Moananu was unlicensed and it was alleged he was on the wrong side of the road and travelling 45km/h over the speed limit at the time of the crash.
The court heard two other cars were forced to take evasive action to avoid crashing, with Moananu also facing charges over injuries sustained by one of these drivers.
An 18-year-old man behind the wheel of a ute suffered minor facial injuries while the other driver was uninjured.
Lucy La, a family friend of the victim’s, said many believed the manslaughter charges were not severe enough, news.com.au reported.
‘We are upset as these babies were already part of the family and they did die in the accident,’ she said.
‘Unfortunately only two out of four lives were recognised,’ she said.
Ms La has launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for the family.
‘The money we raised will be given to both Katherine’s family as they begin to make funeral preparations,’ the page says.
‘We have also discussed with the family and they have agreed to donate some of the money to the trauma team who worked endlessly to save Katherine’s life at the scene of the accident and rescuing Bronco.’
Over 800 people have donated to the page in eight days, raising close to $50,000.
Members of the public shared their condolences on the page following the horrific tragedy.
‘We are deeply saddened by the loss of our lovely neighbours. We hope that Bronko and their mother, Mrs Hoang, will be okay and that they know that we will be there to support their family in any way we can,’ wrote one person.
Katherine and Bronko married in May after meeting and falling in love years ago at the Western Sydney University Taekwondo Club.
Club vice-president Hansel Rebello said Bronko, who’d recently started a new job in the disability sector, had an ‘infectiously vibrant outlook to life’.
‘Katherine was a beautiful gentle soul who always had a smile on her face,’ Mr Rebello posted online.
‘Pull through Bronko, you have a lot of mates waiting for you.’
One of Katherine’s university friends said people were ‘devastated and paralysed’ by her death.
‘Katherine, who liked being called Kate, was a smart, brilliant, funny, kind, loving friend who never had a bad word to say about anyone,’ Tom Cross told AAP.
‘Hearing of her passing along with two unborn twins is a senseless loss beyond words.’